Do you understand what EPR is?

If you search the web, you will find many definitions of Extended Producer Responsiblity.   Wikipedia defines EPR as “is a strategy designed to promote the integration of environmental costs associated with goods throughout their life cycles into the market price of the products.” You will be able to find many other definitions.  Here is my translation: EPR is like a lease.  The producer is the lessor who leases out the product (that they imported) for a period of time (term), until we the consumer (lessee) has finished with it and when you return it, the producer (lessor) is responsible for dealing ...

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Domestic Recycling Mills need to remain viable

September 20, 2011 Norampac announced that its Burnaby Mill (recycling) is shutting down no later than December 2011. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/46403–cascades-shuts-down-burnaby-b-c-containerboard-mill This is a sad day, when a domestic mill has to shut down. The capacity of this mill was not huge at 128,000 Metric Tonnes of product output per year, but nonetheless it will change the dynamics of cardboard recycling in the Pacific Northwest. It is without a doubt that this capacity will be consumed easily by the export markets, but this to me is not the point nor the best solution. In order to have a viable green economy, North ...

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Is single stream the solution for municipalities ?

Single stream collection is simply the commingling of all dry recyclables in one recepticle. Single stream processing is usually an automated system whereby the recycalbles are seperated into many sub catogories. There are many waste management and recycling professionals who believe single stream is the right way to collect. It is simple for residents and businesses, it reduces the space required to collect (conceviably you have one bin not three for dry recyclables) and transportation costs are reduced.   Single stream collection may reduce trucking expenses by 20% by reducing the fleet size and by utilizing compacting trucks.  These are certainly ...

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Incinerators and Metro Vancouver's Solid Waste Plan

The newly accepted Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) of Metro Vancouver’s certainly seems to be getting plenty of attention, in particular the Incinerators.  The Plan is a comprehensive document that addessses many important issues, firstly it acknowledges that the Lower Mainland is a growing community with a significant growth in population over the next decade.  Population increase alone, is going to contribute the better part of our problem:  too much garbage.  I believe the that SWMP does have its priorities in the right order, the first goal is the reduction or minimization of waste.  This without a doubt should be the priority.  ...

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